Blog Posts for "India"

God's Own Country

“Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.” (Revelation 21: 3-4) The motto for the State of Kerala in India, where our provincial minister and I spent four days visiting the friars of the Pavanatma (Holy Spirit) Province of Capuchins, is "God's Own Country"....

A Temple of a Billion People

I am spending two weeks at the beginning of February visiting two Capuchin provinces in India (of the 14 in total) with our provincial minister, Br Michael Sullivan.  The purpose of our visit is for building up our fraternal bonds with two of our "sister provinces" and experience the life, culture and history of these brothers and their great land! The first week of our trip was spent with the brothers in the North Tamil Nadu Province of Amala Annai (Immaculate Conception), visiting the cities of Chennai, Krishnagiri, Yercaud and Trichy.  The amazing ministries we visited included parishes, shrines,...

Address at St. Paul’s Academy’s Independence Day Celebration

Me, giving my address, to the assembly. As the chief guest at St. Paul’s Academy’s 2016 Independence Day Celebration, I was asked to give an address to the teachers and students. If you haven’t read my blog post about Independence Day yet, I highly suggest you read it before reading this post. I was asked to speak about the non-violent message of Mahatma Gandhi and its relevance in the world today. I was both honored and humbled to give this address, even if it also provoked a certain level of nerves. I spent quite a...

Independence Day

15 August marks Indian Independence Day, the day that India was finally granted independence from British Rule. All across the country school children attend special programs where dance competitions are held and candy is given out. Adults will often have the day off work, or those who do have to work are often treated to a variety of sweets. Television programing takes on a very patriotic tone, and the colors of the Indian flag, officially deep saffron, white, and Indian green, can be seen everywhere. Children often put together cultural dances, telling the story of the nearly 200 year struggle for Indian...

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